Stop government takeover of our indigenous culinary plants and livestock.

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Stop government takeover of our indigenous culinary plants and livestock.

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Green Acre Living (NPO) started this petition to Minister Pandor (Minister of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa) and

The Indigenous Knowledge Bill, currently underway through parliament, is a further step towards the colonization of South Africa's food and traditional medicines. Our indigenous culinary plants and animals, including their genetic material and knowledge relating to their production, must be registered in Pretoria under this bill. This means that in future farmers trying to grow indigenous edible plants or trying to raise indigenous livestock, will only be able to do so under license to the state.

Our centuries old agriculture traditions, our South African edible plants and livestock, could be captured and colonized once more by foreign multinational corporations - this time by invitation!


This means that should a health supplement and or medicinal compound be identified in an indigenous plant, a plant used for hundreds of years by South Africans as a medicine, a health remedy or a mineral supplement, this plant can be sold to a global pharmaceutical company, by the state, who can patent the compound and sell it back to us. To make this even worse the approval of this new medicine or food additive identified and commercialized in this way will be authorized by a new medicine regulaory authority funded by private companies such as global pharmaceutical and chemical agriculture companies. 


We are already the only country in the world whose staple diet, maize, is genetically modified which means a foreign company owns our maize production. This despite growing concern over GMO's links to a range of diseases and the fact that the chemicals used in their production are listed at the United Nations as a probable carcinogen. Soy and cotton production is close to 100% GMO here in SA and are therefore also foreign owned. This despite some 50 countries around the world banning GMO's out of concern for their safety to us and the overall environment. Recent research from the UK shows a link between a particular GMO maize variety we grow here and liver/kidney disease.


By signing this petition you can help us to stop this lunacy, to stop this colonization of our food supply and ensure that our indigenous plants and animals remain a benefit to us and our South African farmers.


As a small scale farmer and someone who works closely with emerging farmers I can vouch for the devastating effect this will have on our indigenous culinary biodiversity and our food security into the future. I work with some 800 small scale farmers who rely heavily on indigenous plants and animals. If they are denied access to these crops and livestock by way of having to get a license, the effect on the sustainability of their farms will devastating.

Minister Pandor please rethink this Bill. Mr. Maimane please show us your opposition to this give away of South African cultural tradition. Chief Buthelezi, thank you for standing against GMO's in South Africa and for putting your community before the interests of multinational corporations. 

Here's a link to the bill: http://www.parliament.gov.za/live/commonrepository/Processed/20160415/615036_1.pdf

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